Happy Chinese New Year!!!
Today officially marks the Chinese New Year, or the celebration of the Spring Festival/ Lunar New Year! This holiday is celebrated all over the world and has many traditions, including spending time with your family! So grab your lucky red shirt to wear and pick up these ingredients on the way home! Here’s a perfect way to celebrate with this yummy soup- I’ve made some alterations and you can, too! Simple, yummy, and warming! Perfect to welcome the Year of the Pig!
1 tbsp vegetable oil
10 prawns/shrimp , peeled and deveined
2 garlic cloves , finely grated
2 tsp ginger , finely grated
1 lemongrass , peeled, finely grated
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce)
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp chilli garlic paste or other chilli paste , adjust to taste
400 g/14oz coconut milk
2 cups /500ml chicken broth (or vegetable)
2 tsp lime zest (1 lime)
8oz Udon Noodles/ whatever noodles you prefer
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3-4 carrots, cut like matchsticks
1 Bokchoy- thinly sliced and halved
1 container of shiitake mushrooms
OR any other veggies you like!
Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add prawns and sear both sides until light golden (doesn’t need to cook inside). Remove onto plate.
Turn heat down to medium. If pot is looking dry, add a touch of extra oil.
Add garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Saute for 20 seconds until garlic is golden.
Add sugar and fish sauce. Stir and cook for 30 seconds – it should look like caramel.
Add chilli paste, coriander and curry powder. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.
Add chicken broth and coconut milk. Stir and bring to simmer.
Simmer for 2 minutes, then add lime zest and return prawns into broth.
Cook for 2 minutes just to reheat and finish cooking the prawns.
Meanwhile- sauté veggies to your liking and cook noodles to package specifications.
To serve: Place noodles in bowl, top with veggies, then top with broth and prawns. Can add a bit of chopped cilantro and siracha to your liking!
Recipe courtesy of Recipetineats.com